‘Brave‘ the latest film from Disney and Pixar is out in Scotland and Ireland on 3rd August and on 13th August in England. Following the tale of Merida ( Kelly Macdonald ) a feisty princess living in the highlands of Scotland with her parents King Fergus ( Billy Connolly), Queen Elinor ( Emma Thompson) and her triplet brothers she attempts to break from tradition when her parents tell her that she must get married to a suitor of their choice from one of three clans. Lashing out at her mother Merida tries to change her destiny with the help of a witch who grants her a wish inadvertently causing chaos and danger for all those around her. She must then use her skills to try and undo the harm she has caused before it is too late.
Hailed as the film breaking from usual Disney tradition, a princess standing up for herself and saying no, not looking for marriage or needing a Prince Charming to rescue her, and most of all being brave I was expecting something different to what I saw. Maybe I had PMT or maybe I am scarred from three teens of my own but I saw a sullen, spoilt, thoughtless character whose deeds lead to a terrible situation and I felt quite uncomfortable. I didn’t really like Merida and although she realises in the end that her actions have grave consequences I couldn’t warm to her however lovely a big sister she was to her cute and very clever baby brothers.
There were quite a few scenes involving bears and humans fighting which were quite scary and M, aged five that day, was extremely frightened.
However, the animation is superb, the scenery was so beautiful it was hard to believe it wasn’t real…every blade of grass, every hill and mountain…unbelievable. It is most definitely worth seeing the film for that! There are of course some very funny scenes too so it wasn’t all negative.
I think there are some moral lessons to be learned from the film but I think they would go over the heads of most younger children and with the scary scenes it probably, in my opinion, isn’t suitable for really young children. Definitely one for slightly older children and I am sure girls will love the feistiness, archery skills and bravery of Princess Merida.